God has entrusted us with these trials. We must see that God has allowed us to go through these circumstances because He knew we could. He is going to use these events to cause us to grow in the things of His Kingdom.
Believe me, I don't say these things lightly. I have been through some very hard trials, I still go through them. How?
I look to God. I trust Him implicitly. I know that He cannot lie and if He gave me a promise; He will do it. I set my face like flint and look only upon Him. The apostles had to endure hardship, what make us any different?
9. For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10. We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12. And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13. Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. 1 Cor 4:9-13
Fact is, we as believers in Jesus want to walk in all the power that He walked in but that takes responsibility, sacrifice and training.
God said this world is temporary, it will pass a way. We are learning how to reign throughout eternity by the things we endure here.
20. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 1 Peter 2:20
If you went to military boot camp would you get mad at the drill instructors as they pushed you past your limits? No, if you did anyway it wouldn't do any good.
The drill instructor, by his experience and training, knows that what you think are your limits are just preconceived limits. He must retrain your thinking to create in you a new set of limits, things you didn't know you were capable of. It is the intensity of the training that brings out the true nature of your capacity. It changes your perspective of you.
What is your current perspective of yourself? How do you think Jesus sees you? Do you think He sees the same person as you see? Do you put limits on yourself? Do you put limits on God?
God wants all these barriers and limits removed from us. He is an infinite and limitless God, of infinite power and might. We must first change our perspective of Him before we can change the perspective and image we have of ourselves.
6. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalm 82:6-7
What are these verses saying to us? We are children of the most High God but we can't perceive it. Therefore instead of living as Sons of a Most High God, we live way below our privilege.
That's why we go "through" trials. If we could just change our perspective of things and start thinking vertically instead of horizontally events in our lives would effect us differently. The conflict and the warfare start in us first, our emotions, our fear, our doubt and unbelief. We must pursue the peace of God in the midst of crisis.
In my experience, I must get my spirit quiet enough to hear God and get His direction. Am I able to do that immediately? No, not yet. But it takes less and less time.
Funny thing about crisis. People in crisis mode want you to jump in on their wild ride. They want you to get frantic and crazy like them. When you stay in God's peace, it may almost seem like you don't care about what is going on. You may even be accused of that. I have found the best place to be is in God's peace. Then He gets right in the middle of the circumstance instead of me. I only act when He tells me to. If I need extra prayer I ask for it. Ultimately, these trials are FOR us and not against us.
Often in these trials the Lord will say to me, "Trust Me Cherie, I got this".
Jesus trusts the Father implicitly; because of this trust He did great things, miraculous things. Yes He is the Son of God, but so are we. We've just been so program to distrust and fear that it is difficult to trust God our Father.
When we begin to see our lives and our circumstances more as a training ground our perspective of life and it's events will change. We won't feel so beat up. We have been given a great challenge, that's to complete our race. To finish our objective. The real reason why you are here.
3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 2:3-
Consider it a privilege and and honor that He has found YOU worthy to go through His training. You win as long as you don't quit.